Remember Yourself

Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone is having a great day.  We’re spending our day staying warm inside watching movies.  I’ll have to get motivated to go out for a few errands later, but for now, we’re enjoying family time.

Just a reminder to everyone, for as much as we should be helping out others in their times of need and/or distress, don’t forget to also do things for you.  Having too much stress in your own life isn’t healthy and your health is important too.

I myself have made two life decisions this week and somehow after making those decisions things feel less stressful and overall I have a feeling of peace.  The first decision I made was to start TaeKwonDo again.  I had to stop in April because the kids’ baseball took up nearly every day.  I was going to start this week but forgot we had several commitments already.  Rather than stress about fitting it all in, I called the instructor and told him I’d be starting the beginning of December.  The second decision is something that I’m not going to do for several months, so at this time I’m not going to share.  However, just making the decision seems to have taken a great burden off my shoulders and has left me feeling at peace.

Have a great rest of the weekend and remember to Relax just like Purrdy!

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Fitness challenge: Day 4

Hey Everyone!  If you remember on Saturday I started a 30-day fitness challenge.  If you haven’t been participating from the start, it’s still not too late to join in.  I am challenging everyone to do some form of exercise for 30 days straight.  We are all busy, but getting moving is a start to getting healthy, so all you have to do is move in some way for 30 days.  You can hit it hard or take it easy, just do something for 30 days to get in a good habit of exercising.

My friend, Jenny, suggested I take a look at an app called Sworkit when I started this challenge.  If you haven’t heard of it, I suggest you look it up on your app finder and download it.  It’s free and exactly what busy people need!  You can choose how long you want to exercise starting with as little as 5 minutes and go up to 60 minutes.  Then you can choose what kind of exercise you would like to do.  It shows you how to do the exercises and none of the exercises require any equipment!  This is perfect for when you don’t have much time and/or you don’t know many exercises.

Here’s how my week has been so far.

Saturday (Day 1)- I slept in and then I had to get ready for a wedding.  Knowing I didn’t have much time before I had to leave and that I definitely wouldn’t be exercising in the evening, I just did a quick two reps of push-ups, crunches and triceps dips.  Two may not sound like a lot, but I’m horrible at push-ups and triceps dips, so I still felt the work the next day.

Sunday (Day 2)- Sunday was spent cleaning the house up and doing swimming lessons.  I took it easy in the evening, since the weekend was so busy and I had to return to work on Monday.  So I ended up doing 10 minute full body strength training using the sworkit app, just before I went to bed.

Monday (Day 3)- I missed both classes offered at the fitness center at work and I was a bit sore from Monday and Tuesday, so I decided to focus on cardio.  Problem was, we had a baseball game in the evening so I had to get dinner on.  I cannot run right after eating.  Since we have to be at the baseball games 30 minutes early for warm-ups, I took that time to take a brisk walk along the walking paths at the baseball field.

Tuesday (Day 4)-  Yoga day at the fitness center!  I love Yoga, but have missed out on several months of it due to a project at work.  However, I have been trying to get there again since May.  I don’t make it every week, but today I will.  I always feel so relaxed after Yoga.

I’m very excited to share these 30 days with you.  Let me know below how you are doing!

 

 

 

30 days of fitness, starts today!

I have been on a mission the last year and a half to better my mind and body.  I started working with a health coach in January of 2015.  My sessions officially ended just about a year ago.  I learned many things including about food choices that were better for me and we also worked on me at a personal level too. I like to think I was able to carry what I learned with me for the past year or so.

Then this past January I knew I needed to work a bit more on myself physically.  I don’t do well exercising alone, I like group settings.  I used to do Taekwondo with my boys, but we ended up having to drop it about two and a half years ago and I really missed it.  So I looked at Taekwondo dojangs in the area and found a great one about 5 minutes from my house.

Between the food and the exercise, I was edging closer and closer to my first weight goal.  Unfortunately, at the end of April, I had to ask my instructor to put our account on hold until the fall.  Baseball has consumed all our free time.

Since then, I have fallen far off the wagon.  My meal planning went out the window a few weeks ago and I haven’t exercised since I left Taekwondo.  So, Thursday I made the decision to buckle down and get some exercise in.  Coincidentally I ended up talking to a friend about how things have fallen by the wayside and how I need to get back into eating better and exercising again.

I also buckled down and ran on Friday, but it was hard.  I have only been out of exercise for just over a month, but I could tell a difference from the last time I ran when I was eating better and exercising a couple times a week.  This time, I couldn’t even run 2 miles.  I have noticed when I eat better it fuels my body better and my running is easier.  So that pretty much solidified my resolve to get back on track with my morning smoothies, and healthy lunches and dinners.

I am starting a simple 30-day fitness challenge and I want you to join me!  I know we’re all busy, so this challenge is going to be easy.  You don’t have to do anything huge.  Just get in some sort of exercise each day, for 30 days.  It can be 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes whatever works for you.  The point is to get yourself moving for 30 days.  You can do something different each day if you choose or the same thing every day.  I will, likely, be doing something different each day as I know I get bored easily.

I am also going to work on getting my meal plans together each week.  This is something I was doing for most of the last year and I’ve found it is essential for me to keep eating in control, and my meals (somewhat) healthy, especially with baseball every night this summer.  Try your hand at creating meal plans during this 30-day fitness challenge.

During this challenge, I’m not going to focus on weight.  Because as I’ve learned, my body can be going through physical changes, but weight might not be going down.  I plan to measure myself instead.

I’ll post a couple times a week during this challenge and we can celebrate our successes and trouble shoot our issues.  Let’s work together to get healthy.  They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, so if we can do this for 30 day’s we’re on track to a healthier lifestyle!  I am looking forward to sharing these next 30 days with you!

 

Letting Our Kids Go

This past weekend my boys and I ran in a fun run 5k for a school district fundraiser.  It was the first 5k  as a family and the first the boys have ever done.  I was nervous because I was not familiar with the area where it was held, we all ran at different levels and I didn’t know how crowded it would be.  So my solution was that we needed to stick together and run at the pace of the slowest runner.  My oldest was the faster runner of the three of us.  He would run ahead then jog in place until my youngest and I caught up.  He wanted to be able to tell his gym teacher that he, “ran the whole 5k without stopping”. Continue reading

Depression Is Creeping In

I want to open up a conversation on depression.  It’s not something I usually talk about, because…well…….I don’t really know why.  I think I see it as a sign of weakness (even thought I should know it’s not) and I’m always the one who’s supposed to be strong.  I’m always the one who’s supposed to be the one everyone counts on.  I don’t ask for help, I’m supposed to give it.

Since I’m new at blogging I don’t have many readers, but I do publish this to my Facebook.  So, in my mind, it feels like I’m risking a lot putting it out there in regards to how people perceive me.  I not only suffer from depression, but anxiety too, Continue reading

I’m in a love/hate relationship

I’m in a love/hate relationship….with running.  I started ‘trying’ to run two or three years ago.  I’ve done two 5K’s with a friend of mine, who was gracious enough to forgo a better finish time and to run/walk them with me.  She told me that after finishing one 5K, I’d be addicted and you know what, she was right!  I have even ran one this past fall by myself when none of my runner friends was able to come with.  I wasn’t able to keep running the entire time, but I was able to run 2 full miles and that was farther than I’ve been able to do before.  Now, I’m bound and determined to run an entire 5K this year. Continue reading